Farm Bill Snap cuts on Local Food Banks - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Farm Bill Snap cuts on Local Food Banks

Posted: Updated:

Many people have been keeping a close eye on the Farm Bill status in Washington, and with the decrease in SNAP benefits funding such a major part of that bill, Joe Moeller talked to food pantries here in Great Falls and in Helena to see what potential impact this may have.

The Farm Bill has been a big dispute in Washington recently, especially with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as SNAP which is for families in need of assistance with getting food on the table. The plan for the Farm Bill is to cut the SNAP program or Food Stamps by $4 billion to $39 billion which results in over 2 million Americans losing access to an estimated 1.5 billion meals, leaving many Americans with less assistance.

Now with such changes in the Farm Bill with SNAP benefits, many might be wondering what kind of impact this will have on our local food shares.

What this results in here for Montanans using SNAP benefits is a loss of 10 to 11 dollars per person per meal, which really adds up, which leads to more people to the local food pantry to pick up the slack.

Ann Waickman from the Helena Food Share said "It is challenging to live consistently with funding provided through SNAPs for that is your primary grocery budget."

When the government cuts the assistance to families over $100 for food per year, it is going to bring heavier traffic and a need for more food at the pantries.

Dave Abbott from the Great Falls Community Food Bank said "We are getting the amount of food that we are getting, I mean we have limited buying power, we are living of mostly donations we don't have any governmental support. So I am afraid that we are going to find ourselves, I am not sure we are going to be able to meet that increase in demand."

With an expected increase in demands, the local food shares are going to be looking for any assistance they can get.

Abbott continued "What can I do to help? So obviously they can donate food, they can come donate food to the food bank and provide monetary donations, and that will allow us to buy food that is not always donated."

  • A Hero for Heroes

    A Hero for Heroes

    Firefighters battle blazes and save lives, but who's there for them when they need a little saving? Since 2009, the Great Falls Salvation Army has provided disaster relief services for first responders. They provide food, snacks, and drinks to those on the front lines of disaster. They do this with a tool called Sally One."So this is a mobile canteen it's a mobile kitchen and so were able to go out and provide nutrition and hydration to responders at the scene of an incident it allows them to...
    Firefighters battle blazes and save lives, but who's there for them when they need a little saving? Since 2009, the Great Falls Salvation Army has provided disaster relief services for first responders. They provide food, snacks, and drinks to those on the front lines of disaster. They do this with a tool called Sally One."So this is a mobile canteen it's a mobile kitchen and so were able to go out and provide nutrition and hydration to responders at the scene of an incident it allows them to...
  • Community Spotlight: Ladies Rodeo Clinic

    Community Spotlight: Ladies Rodeo Clinic

    Lacey Gallagher joins us on Community Spotlight to talk about a great event for women in the electric city that is coming up tomorrow at the Montana State Fair.
    Lacey Gallagher joins us on Community Spotlight to talk about a great event for women in the electric city that is coming up tomorrow at the Montana State Fair.
  • New Police Officer in Great Falls

    New Police Officer in Great Falls

    Great falls Police Force welcomed in a brand new officer and he is our third from the state of Iowa.
    Great falls Police Force welcomed in a brand new officer and he is our third from the state of Iowa.
  • Hot Car Death's Rising

    Hot Car Death's Rising

    Rising summer temperatures could be deadly when it comes to parents leaving their children in a hot car. This year alone there have been 18 hot car deaths across the country. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Nicole White explains why the deaths are occurring amongst children.“The children just can't tolerate heat fluctuations the way adults do and they are comprised of more water and their propensity for going into heat stroke just happens more rapidly. Said White.So what will happen if you leave...
    Rising summer temperatures could be deadly when it comes to parents leaving their children in a hot car. This year alone there have been 18 hot car deaths across the country. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Nicole White explains why the deaths are occurring amongst children.“The children just can't tolerate heat fluctuations the way adults do and they are comprised of more water and their propensity for going into heat stroke just happens more rapidly. Said White.So what will happen if you leave...
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.